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Big Sky Building Society, part of the Australian Unity Group, has appointed Mr Robert Bell to the position of chief executive officer (CEO).

Mr Bell is a former international country CEO and senior executive at ANZ. In this new role he will report to Australian Unity Investments CEO, Mr David Bryant.

Mr Bryant says with 14 years’ professional experience at ANZ in a number of prominent positions, Mr Bell brings strong strategic and commercial experience in leading teams and driving business growth.

“In his long history at ANZ, Robert has grown a wide range of businesses in some of the world’s fastest growing regions,” Mr Bryant says.

Mr Bell was previously CEO, Japan, and was responsible for the overall financial performance of ANZ’s operations there. During his time he doubled funds under management to $7.5 billion, focusing on both the retail and institutional business.

He was also CEO, Central Pacific and Fiji for ANZ, where he significantly grew the business and was recognised by the Reserve Bank of Fiji for his contribution to rural areas and leadership.

Prior to this he was ANZ’s chief of staff where he worked directly with then CEO, John McFarlane, directing all activity within the Group CEO/ Managing Directors office and representing the CEO both internally and externally.

“It is pleasing to have a candidate of Robert’s calibre take on the role of Big Sky CEO and we look forward to reaping the rewards of his strategic expertise and dedicated focus on business growth,” Mr Bryant says.

Mr Bell has a Bachelor of Business in Economics and Marketing from Swinburne University of Technology and is a fellow of FINSIA.

He will commence with Big Sky on 22 July 2014.

Big Sky offers a full financial and wealth management product range that includes everyday banking, mortgages, personal and car loans, credit cards, financial advice, risk management and more. Big Sky is also part of Australian Unity Limited, one of Australia’s largest and most diversified mutual organisations.

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For more information please contact:

David Bryant

P: 03 8682 4402